Second Cowboy100 Honoree Gala celebrates OSU alumni and their businesses
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
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Ninety-five Oklahoma State University alumni and their businesses were celebrated Friday night during the 2023 Cowboy100 Honoree Gala, which recognizes the fastest-growing and top 10 revenue-generating Cowboy-owned and Cowboy-led businesses.
The event was live streamed and the video of the evenings’ activities is below:
The Cowboy100 recognizes outstanding entrepreneurship throughout OSU’s alumni base. Hosted by the Riata Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in conjunction with the OSU Foundation, the gala raises funds for the Riata Center’s student programs and activities. It also serves as an additional resource for students to engage with industry leaders and for the Riata Center to become the reference point for entrepreneurship throughout the university.
“The second Cowboy100 was a great success with many new Cowboy leaders and companies participating,” said Marc Tower, assistant dean of the Spears School of Business. “We’re very proud to honor business leaders from every college on campus who are having success and leading with integrity — the Cowboy Code. We’re already looking forward to seeing old friends and new at the third Cowboy100.”
The second class of Cowboy100 honorees included 95 businesses from 20 states and 15 foreign countries. A diverse group of Cowboy-owned businesses included 20 women-owned, 10 minority-owned and two veteran-owned companies. A complete list of this year’s honorees is available at the Cowboy100 website.
Medefy Health, a Tulsa-based modern technology company which helps consumers navigate their health insurance, once again earned the No. 1 spot for the fastest growing company. Medefy Health was founded by cousins and OSU graduates Matt Scovil and Nathan Gilchrist and has quickly grown to serve more than 1,000 employer groups in all 50 states. The cousins were elated to learn they had won the inaugural Cowboy100 and vowed to hold the spot in 2023, which they humbly achieved.
“Cowboy100 was a huge honor, it was a big surprise and we just became very dedicated to defending our title for the next one,” Scovil said. “It was surprising, honestly. There were so many great companies out there. I mean, you see many logos that you recognize and you always hope that you’re going to score in the top 10 or as high as you can. But seeing all those worthy companies or opponents out there … any one of them could have won.
“It was exciting to be amongst them at the very least and being the winner is a big honor.”
The Blazing10 recognizes the 10 highest revenue-generating OSU-owned or OSU-led businesses from within the Cowboy100 honorees. Twin Eagle, a leading North American energy marketer with a focus on natural gas, maintained their title win from the first Cowboy100 by earning the top spot in the Blazing10 again this year. The company was founded in 2010 by Spears School of Business alumni Chuck Watson and Griff Jones. The president and chief commercial officer, Jeremy Davis, is also a Spears Business alum. This vertically integrated company headquartered in Houston is a leader in customized energy products for utilities, producers and commercial and industrial customers across the U.S. and Canada.
The evening event, which attracted a record breaking 347 attendees, included entertainment from Wade Tower and a plated meal of beef filet with chimichurri and sea bass with strawberry salsa by chef Tuck Curren of Biga Italian Restaurant. It was an event to remember for this year’s honorees and their families.
The pre-show sponsor was Twin Eagle and the Cowboy100 partners were the OSU Foundation and JTaylor Advisory, Assurance and Tax.